Congress Presidential Power

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Congress Authority and Presidential Power Congress which is also known as the Legislative branch was created to make laws, represent the people, perform oversight, help constituents, and educate the public. The Speaker of the House is chosen to represent Congress this person is referred to as the majority leader. The Senate of the House represents the minority leader. Checks and balances was created to ensure that no one branch had more power than the other through the separation of powers. Congress has several powers that it can use to keep the executive branch and judicial branch in check. One way Congress keeps the executive branch in order is by overriding a presidential veto. Because Congress is allowed to allocate funds to government …show more content…
When the government is divided checks and balances are enacted effectively. On some occasions a divided government is more effective and others it is less effective. Checks and balances are more effective when treaties are checked more carefully and nominations of courts are questioned in a harder manner. They are less effective when bad treatment of Republican Supreme Court nominees by a Democrat are controlled by Senate and there is a general hate of one party against another.
Congress has the power to ratify treaties, enact legislations and appropriations (funding). War Powers Resolution 's main goal is to check the president 's power in times of war by preventing troops from being sent into combat without the permission of Congress. The law accurately states the president must consult with Congress, report to Congress within 48 hours of introducing armed forces into hostilities, and withdraw troops after 60 to 90 days if Congress does not provide
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As a result of this position, the Resolution has been the subject of highly contested controversy since its birth, and is an ongoing situation due to the continuing global wide obligations of U.S. armed forces. Presidents have given a large quantity of well over 120 detailed documents to Congress in relation to the War Powers Resolution. There have been many examples of president’s war powers on the effect on the deployment of U.S. armed professional personnel.
Congress has had a very poor history of investigating and punishing presidential scandals that heavily influence the American people and its handling of laws and situation. Most morally decayed action go unpunished while the power to make formal inquiries is widely used for partisan campaigns involving massive scale smear tactics. There was two blaring instances where Congress dropped the ball in relation to Watergate. Nixon was formally charged with illegally ordering and carrying out the bombing of Cambodia, a far more detrimental charge than merely obstructing the investigation of spying and burglary

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